OCSL Fall Open at Northwood

2017 — Irvine, CA/US

Welcome to the Orange County Speech League's 2017 Fall Tournament, to be hosted by Northwood High School in Irvine, on Saturday, November 11th.


Northwood High School

4515 Portola Pkwy

Irvine, CA 92620


Principal's Designation Letter


Before any school is permitted to compete in any OCSL tournament, they must have a signed copy of the Principal's Designation Letter on file with the League.  This document confirms who is offically designated to represent each school as the official sponsor with the League, and who is authorized to represent the school as an official chaperone at League tournaments.  Please have your principal fill out and sign the letter, which can be downloaded from the front page of each OCSL tournament website, and return it to the league no later than registration of first League tournament your school participates in this year.




Debate will be first, beginning at 8:00, with Speech & Congress to follow at 10:00. Rounds will alternate.


7:15am-7:45 am - Registration

8:00am - Round 1 - Debate

10:00am - Round 1 - Speech & Congress

11:30am - Round 2 - Debate

1:30pm - Round 2 - Speech & Congress

3:00pm - Round 3 - Debate

5:00pm - Round 3 - Speech & Congress

6:45pm - Awards


Double Entry

Students may enter 1 Debate event (Pattern A), & up to 2 Individual Events (Pattern B).  



1. Students may not enter both IX & USX.

2. Students entering Student Congress or PO may NOT enter another IE. 


Pattern A: Debate Events

Lincoln-Douglas - Sept/Oct Topic

Parliamentary Debate

Policy Debate

Public Forum - Sept/Oct Topic


Pattern B: Individual Events & Congress

Dramatic Interp

Duo Interp


Humorous Interp


International Extemp

Oratorical Interp

Original Advocacy

Original Oratory

Original Prose & Poetry

Student Congress

Presiding Officer - Student Congress

Thematic Interp

United States Extemp



One judge can NOT fill both a debate and an IE obligation.  Attempting to double enter a judge will result in an uncovered judge obligation fee.

Judges will be in the active pool for all 3 rounds of their event type, and for 1 round of the other pattern.  For example, debate judges will be in the pool for all 3 debate rounds, and 1 IE round. Judges will be on standby for the other two rounds of their other pattern type. 

We will provide training for any judges who need it. Failure to bring judges will result in a judge buy out fee of $100 for each judge. If this is fee is something your school cannot afford and you cannot find enough judges on your own please reach out to OCSL leadership and we will try to find volunteers to cover your obligation. This offer is only open to low income schools. All others will be charged and judges will be hired.


Entry Limits

All events will be initially capped at 10 entries per school in order to provide all schools with an opportunity to enter. Entries beyond 10 will be waitlisted and granted entry based upon available space.

League Dues Invoice

League Dues are $130.00 per school per year. This includes both the OCSL dues and CHSSA dues that the OCSL will pay to CHSSA. If the school is on the list of schools that rolled over their judge bond with CHSSA they only need to pay $30. If a school does not intend to join CHSSA or wishes to pay CHSSA on their own they must send a letter to the League President outlining this choice.  These are expected to be paid at or before a school's first OCSL tournament of the year.  An invoice specifically for league dues is located on the front page of each OCSL tournament website.  These dues only need to be paid once per year, not for each tournament. In Invoice for each amount is provided to the right, please clarify with Sarah Sherwood as to which you owe.